Niagara star, McQuaid alum Greg Cullen drafted by Atlanta Braves

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Penfield-native Greg Cullen was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 15th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Cullen starred at McQuaid during high school and has spent the last three years playing for Niagara University. This is the fifth straight year that a former Section V baseball player was drafted.

As a junior at Niagara, Cullen led the nation in batting average, finishing the season with a .458 mark. That included 17 doubles, three triples and four home runs. He also stole 13 bases. All of that added up to a second-team All America spot for Cullen.

At McQuaid, Cullen was named All-State First Team following his senior year. He and the Knights also took home the sectional crown that season.

The lefty-swinging infielder has the option of returning to Niagara for his senior season or signing a professional contract and being assigned somewhere in the minor leagues. The most likely destinations for newly drafted players are rookie ball or short-season Class A. In the Braves organization, the rookie team plays in Gulf Coast league while the short-season A team plays in Appalachian League.

In the 2017 MLB Draft, two players who had attended high school in the Rochester area were selected. Ernie Clement, who graduated from Brighton before heading to Virginia, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the fourth round. Logan Harasta went to Webster Thomas before being drafted in the seventh round out of Buffalo by the San Francisco Giants.

Cullen joins Canandaigua’s Adam Scott who was taken in yesterday’s fourth round by the Cleveland Indians.

Cullen also joins Clement, Will Gorman, Harasta and Conner Simonetti as former Rochester Collegiate Baseball League products to be taken in the MLB draft.

Section V players chosen in MLB Draft since 2006


Player –School – Position — Round — Team

Adam Scott — Canandaigua — P — 4th — Indians

Greg Cullen — McQuaid — INF — 15th — Braves

Victor Cavalieri — Northstar — P — 36th — Braves


Ernie Clement – Brighton – INF — 4th – Indians

Logan Harasta – Webster Thomas –P —  7th – Giants


Conner Simonetti  — Fairport – OF — 13th – Nationals


Matt Portland –Victor – P — 17th – Royals

Danny Mendick – Pittsford Mendon – INF – 22nd – White Sox

Steven Klimek – Greece Arcadia – P – 33rd – Baltimore


Jordan Schwartz – Hornell – P – 4th – A’s


Grant Heyman – Pittsford Sutherland – OF – 11th – Blue Jays

Trey Pascazi – East Rochester – INF – 23rd – Blue Jays


Brian Dupra – Greece Athena – P – 7th — Nationals

Jon Schwind – Hilton – C – 41st — Pirates

Andre Kinder – Albion – P – 42nd — Phillies

Chris Bostick – Aquinas – INF – 44th – A’s


Cito Culver – Irondequoit – INF – 1st – Yankees

Brian Dupra – Greece Athena – P – 11th – Tigers

Yimy Rodriguez – Greece Arcadia – P – 27th – Dodgers


Dusty Odenbach – McQuaid – P – 8th – Royals

Matthew Tone – Irondequoit – P – 14th – Twins

Christian Segar — McQuaid — OF — 49th — Cubs


Andy Parrino – Brockport – INF – 26th – Padres

Brian Dupra – Greece Athena  — P – 36th — Rangers

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